Meet Miguel. Miguel Angel Romero Cruz is a 17 year old YouthSource Participant who credits his close knit family (Mom, Dad, and siblings) for setting a strong example of resiliency, cooperation, support, organization, leadership, and teamwork. Miguel sees and understands the harsh struggles his parents face on a daily basis, and it’s his parents that inspire him every day with their display of resiliency from the strength of his father to work countless nights to his mother raising him and his siblings. He’s also grateful for his siblings who have mentored him and offered academic tutoring throughout his childhood.

Because of family support and Miguel’s hard work, he’s been able to achieve all A’s since 9th grade to his culmination in June 2019 from Thomas Jefferson High School. On his high school diploma, there are three seals that bear the fruition of hard work, commitment, family support, prioritization, attitude, and goal-orientation. Miguel was the Class Valedictorian of Thomas Jefferson High School and feels that his success is his families as well. Miguel’s LAUSD official grade point average since his early years to his graduation was 4.3. Miguel appreciates all of his teachers at Thomas Jefferson High School that taught him that barriers are not meant to be an excuse to give up, but are meant to be surpassed.

Miguel is currently working at a summer paid internship with BuroHappold Engineering and Consulting Co as a MEP (Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical) Intern with diverse roles; modeling mechanical equipment, rerouting pipework as well as ductwork on floorplans, viewing and managing floor plans, and exploring sustainability and data input. As part of Miguel’s role in BuroHappold, he takes in data from client buildings to assess the level of indoor quality of a building’s air and utilities as well as the thermal comfort of its occupants. The portfolio of projects he has worked on include a number of universities, museums, and office spaces located in California among other states as well. Miguel loves working as an intern at BuroHappold, and has developed great relationships with his Supervisors and Administrators which he now considered mentors: Ms. Kathleen Hetrick, Ms. Sara Kingman, Mr. Lucas Lieberman, and Ms. Lorena De La Cruz. Miguel hopes to pursue a career in the engineering or STEM field, and with Miguel’s natural determination, he’s well on his way.

Pictured above, YouthSource Case Manager Adrian Rios.

YouthSource services are available at All Peoples Community Center year-around.

Please contact Rios at (213) 747-6357 Ext. 151 or for more information regarding the services available.


About All Peoples Community Center

All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.

Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles.  Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.

All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.



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